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Marinara Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

This easy homemade Marinara Sauce recipe can be made with fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes for a delicious addition to any Italian-inspired meal!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy marinara sauce, marinara sauce recipe
Servings: 2 cups
Calories: 107 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons (about 2 cloves) minced garlic
  • 1 lb. fresh tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped; OR 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil (or 1 teaspoon dried basil)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh oregano (or ½ teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional, but definitely our preference)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for about 3-5 minutes (or until soft). Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 more minute.
  2. Stir in the tomatoes and reduce heat to medium low. Add basil, oregano, sugar, salt and pepper.

  3. Simmer, partially covered, stirring regularly, until sauce is thickened (about 10-15 minutes).
  4. Taste the sauce, and add additional salt, pepper and herbs if desired.

  5. If using fresh tomatoes, use a handheld stick blender, a food processor, or a large blender to puree the sauce until smooth. If using canned crushed tomatoes, you can skip this step.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from The Colonial Williamsburg Tavern Cookbook.

Nutrition Facts
Marinara Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 52
% Daily Value*
Fat 5.8g9%
Saturated Fat 3.7g23%
Cholesterol 15.5mg5%
Sodium 77mg3%
Carbohydrates 11.6g4%
Fiber 4.1g17%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 2.2g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.